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Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down Cynthia Zarin

Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down

Cynthia Zarin

Published
ISBN : 9780789425232
Hardcover
32 pages
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In almost every respect, Wallace is an ordinary boy. True, hes small for his age and he never takes off his firemans hat. Hell grow out of it, his mild father reassures his mother. But when Wallace does finally begin to grow, he doesnt growMoreIn almost every respect, Wallace is an ordinary boy. True, hes small for his age and he never takes off his firemans hat. Hell grow out of it, his mild father reassures his mother. But when Wallace does finally begin to grow, he doesnt grow up, like other children- he grows down: At the beach, his legs get longer while the rest of him stays the same size -- an oddity his older brother points out with a siblings smugness. Thus is Wallaces destiny taken from him. Hes a spectacle suddenly, worried that he might grow as tall as the roof, and clearly a deeper worry for his mother. In a panic, she consults Nanny Heppleweather, too old for service but not too old for advice, who whispers something mysterious about a toadstool that Mrs. Hoskins will find beneath Wallaces beloved hat. In this deft blend of nonsense and common sense, normalcy is restored by magic -- and isnt that how bodily changes feel? Magical and then just a part of ones life? Thats how Wallace sees it when hes his own boy again, casting a shadow just the right size across the sand.